Overview: The Rams already have made out like bandits, picking up three first-round draft picks (2012, ’13 and ’14) and a second-round pick for the price of one first-rounder (the No. 2 overall pick in the draft) in a blockbuster deal with the Redskins. Still sitting relatively pretty at the No. 6 spot in the first round, they might not be done shaking things up, having hinted that they might trade either down or back up the first-round ladder, depending on who is selected with the draft’s first five picks. New GM Les Snead had already established himself as a bold wheeler-dealer type; he was instrumental in Atlanta moving up 21 spots in the first round last year to take WR Julio Jones as the Falcons’ director of player personnel.
Need No. 1: Wide receiver
The Rams still need a dynamic No. 1-caliber wideout who can stretch the field. They did sign ex-Giant Steve Smith, who was a Pro Bowl player as recently as three seasons ago, but knee problems the last two seasons, including microfracture surgery late in 2010, make Smith a risky pickup at best. There are some close observers who believe the Rams will do everything in their power to select Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, who is considered the best wideout available by a wide margin.
Need No. 2: Defensive tackle
The Rams cleared the deck at defensive tackle when they released 2011 starters Justin Bannan and Fred Robbins, whose age definitely showed last season. They picked up one new starter when they signed ex-Dolphin Kendall Langford, who they believe will have no problem making the conversion inside from the five-technique DE spot he filled in Miami’s 3-4 scheme. But the Rams still need another starting defensive tackle, ideally one adept at stuffing the run.
Need No. 3: Offensive tackle/offensive guard
The Rams need lots of help on the offensive line. For one thing, they need insurance for starting ORT Jason Smith, the team’s No. 1 pick in 2009. Smith has played in only 29 of the team’s 48 games over three seasons and had concussion issues last season that are cause for great concern. In addition, the line appears to have a glaring hole at left guard that must be filled.